New South Wales selection bias
New South Wales selection bias is a perceived bias by selectors of the Australian cricket teams towards players from New South Wales. It was exemplified in a quote by former South Australian captain David Hookes who said that, "when they give out the baggy blue cap in New South Wales, they give you a baggy green one in a brown paper bag as well to save making two presentations". This is an example of confirmation bias and Hookes' comment came at a time when, especially during the 1980s, there was a public perception that strong performances by non-NSW players were often ignored by the Australian selectors in favour of seemingly under-performing NSW players who were selected for the Test and/or One-Day team. The claims persist in spite of the fact that no New South Welshman has occupied a position on the National Selection Panel since John Benaud in 1994.
Out of the list of the top 50 run-scorers in the Sheffield Shield, the nine players who did not play a single Test came from every state except New South Wales and Western Australia. Out of the list of the top 50 wicket takers, the eight players who did not play a single Test came from every state except New South Wales.
- David Hookes, Wisden Obituary, 2005
- 'Hodge lashes cricket's alleged NSW bias', Herald Sun, 27 August 2009
- 'Are NSW players over-represented in the Australian cricket team?', Where Science Meets Pop Culture, www.mrscienceshow.com, 5 April 2011
- 'NSW Selection Bias: In reply to Snooker', This Will Hurt Me..., 13 February 2007
- Martin Smith, 'New South Wales have been victims of Australia's selectors as well, disproving theory of Blues bias', Fox Sports, 25 October 2011
- 'Sheffield Shield / Pura Cup / Records / Most runs', Cricinfo, ESPN. The players were Jamie Cox (Tasmania), Jamie Siddons (Victoria, South Australia), Michael Di Venuto (Tasmania), Jimmy Maher (Queensland), Sam Trimble (Queensland), Daniel Marsh (Tasmania, South Australia), Dene Hills (Tasmania), Neil Dansie (South Australia), Trevor Barsby (Queensland).
- 'Sheffield Shield / Pura Cup / Records / Most wickets', Cricinfo, ESPN. The players were Damien Wright (Tasmania, Victoria), Dirk Tazelaar (Queensland), Ashley Noffke (Queensland, Western Australia), Mathew Inness (Victoria, Western Australia), Joe Dawes (Queensland), David Saker (Tasmania, Victoria), Ken MacLeay (Western Australia), and Paul Jackson (Queensland, Victoria).